Unbeaten Welfare hold the leaders

Ethan Winfield (left) battles for possession with South Normanton opponent Tom Leighton.
Ethan Winfield (left) battles for possession with South Normanton opponent Tom Leighton.
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South Normanton Athletic 1

Kimberley Miners Welfare remain the only unbeaten side in the EMCL after holding leaders South Normanton at the Stag Ground on Saturday.

Manager Paul Rawden was without the services of centre-half Jacob Webster and the influential Mark Smith, but the first-half went by without with very few chances as both teams cancelled each other out with neither keeper having much to do.

The chance of the half fell to Kimberley’s Anthony Gregory whose effort went just wide.

Both teams came out stronger in the second-half as the game burst into life.

Kimberley’s early pressure paid off as they were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute, Gregory stepping up and sending the visiting keeper the wrong way.

It was a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for the home side as two good chances went begging to wrap up the tie.

A precise through ball from Martin Lench to Elliot King saw him one on one with the keeper but his effort was well saved.

The same player then had another great chance to score, his effort going wide of the target.

Kimberley looked, once again, solid at the back and looked like hanging on for another three points.

Seven minutes of added time was signalled by the referee due to some lengthy stoppages and four minutes into it a lapse in the home defence allowed Shane Newton fire past Matt Walsh who was left with no chance to secure a share of the point for South Normanton and keep Welfare unbeaten.

This Saturday Kimberley travel to Ellistown & Ibstock United for a 3pm kick off.

The reserves are at home to Nottinghamshire at The Stag Ground.